Cryptic instructions for using a witch’s potion:

wordle-267 pot-in-chest

Open chest after you submit;

Pot, that date, will be found in it;

Rinse hands well before lid you free,


Scream at mess of ashes there’ll be!

This attempt at Wordle 267 is inspired more by rhyming and economy of added words than by making any profound statement — or much sense! Imagine it as an extract from a fantasy quest adventure …

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As Re Quest-ed

The theme of Quest for the current photo challenge strikes a particular chord with me, and is write up my street!

I have regarded each composition I started writing as a quest adventure for myself and the listener, and each novel was not only a personal quest but was mostly on a ‘quest’ theme.  The inside page of each CD cover contains a little essay the subject of quests. Furthermore, some wonderful outdoors adventures have been part of my quests for background and inspiration. As with some of my stories, the quest usually starts off without me knowing exactly what it is for, but it develops from there.

St Bernard's Peak area - a strong influence.

St Bernard’s Peak area – a strong influence.


Any QUESTions?🙂

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More Punk: Chew; Hate; Shun!

I think I’m indecisive on the issue, but I’m not entirely sure about that …

Following on my previous dashing post, which I have updated for greater clarity, I was reminded while doing my latest editing commission today that there is an aspect I did not cover. First, though, my heading has made me want to touch again on the controversy controversy. In earlier days I recall that the word […]

via A Dash of Controversy — Leslie Hyla Winton Noble

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This View of Home is for the Birds …

One might truly say that Cousin Lee paid a flying visit even though arriving by road?

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Really Awful Weather or Not

The weather can’t make up its mind
I wish it some level could find
To go into spring
Or some other thing —
The changes are really unkind.

On Thursday we went to the pool,
As soon as kids got out of school,
I swam, without heaters,
For one hundred metres,*
Although I admit pool was cool!

On Friday we thought we’d repeat
This exercise — it was quite neat;
But wind came along
With rain and quite strong,
And so we admitted defeat.

And, weekend, the weather we got
Was soggy and not at all hot,
Out to lunch, our desire
Was to sit before fire
And our host got one lit on the dot!


Today all the wetness was past,
R back in school pool went at last,
But still far too cool
For me playing the fool —
Until summer’s die is well cast.

*Edit credit goes to LordBeariOfBow
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The Last Chance


Clutch at straw, feel it writhe in grip,

Champions, us, into basket flip,

Dye with fire, in the weave then smite,

Spring then try to resist with might;

In new guise as a part of weave

Straws deplorable states relieve.

Once again, my aim for Wordle 266 has been to take the words in the order given, and make some sort of rhyming sense of them with as few added words as possible.

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School Sports Kit

'Look at the sports kit! Get a picture!' said Younger Daughter. So I did.

‘Look at the sports kit! Get a picture!’ said Younger Daughter. So I did, and it’s in the bag.

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